Welcome to the August edition of our monthly Criminal Appeals Bulletin.
The Bulletin aims to highlight recent changes in case law and procedure in England and Wales, Northern Ireland, the Caribbean and Hong Kong (with an occasional series on appeal cases from Scotland) and to provide practical guidance to those advising on appellate matters. Our monthly case summaries illustrate when an appellate court is likely to interfere with conviction or sentence, as well as looking at the courts’ approach to procedural matters.
The featured article focuses on a current appeal topic. In this editionKate O'Raghallaighcomments on Jack Shepherd, the appeal against conviction and the linked extradition proceeding.
We also look at:
CACD conviction appeals dealing with bad character evidence, hearsay, jury questions, abuse of process, “potting” and noxious things, and unfitness to plead.
CACD sentencing appeal relating to minimum terms for murder (discount for guilty plea to manslaughter);
CCJ murder conviction appeal from a Judge without jury trial.
Doughty Street has some of the most experienced appellate practitioners at the Bar, including the contributors to the leading works on appellate procedure - The Criminal Appeals Handbook, Taylor on Criminal Appeals, Blackstones Criminal Practice (appeals section), Halsbury’s Laws (Appeals).
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